First-Time Nominee Viola Davis on the Emmys: 'I Deserve to Be There'

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After nearly two decades in the business, How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis earned her first Emmy nomination this year for her work on the ABC drama, and she feels it's about time.

"I've arrived at a time in my life where I've put in the work and I deserve to be there," Davis told ET.

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The 49-year-old actress revealed that she celebrated her nomination with a couple strawberry basil margaritas at California Pizza Kitchen.

"I had two," Davis said.

If she wins, the Julliard grad will be the first African-American to take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Other nominees include Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Claire Danes (Homeland), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

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The return of How to Get Away With Murder is a little less than two months away, and if you thought the first season was a rollercoaster, you ain't seen nothing yet.

"I think there will be moments that will make Twitter scream," Davis said. "I'm 99.9 percent sure of that."

How to Get Away With Murder premieres Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.